According to Compass Direct News, on Nov. 4 the rampaging army of an anti-Christian extremist group, known as Boko Haram, swarmed the capital of Yobe State, known as Damaturu, in Northern Nigeria, and killed 150 people. Church officials claim that of the 150, at least 130 were Christians.
Reportedly, the extremist group blocked roadways leading into the town and after bombing and attacking the offices of the local police and raiding a number of banks, the group proceeded to march into New Jerusalem, in Damaturu, which is home to thousands of Christians and summarily killed anyone who was unable to recite the Islamic creed.
It is reported that on Aug. 27, 36-year-old evangelist Mark Ojunta, from southern Nigeria, was ministering amid the Kotoko people of Nigeria's northeastern state with Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) when he was shot in Maiduguri.
Boko Haram reportedly killed at least 23 Christians during August alone; beginning on Aug. 11 through Aug. 15 where attacks in Rasta Foron village resulted in six dead, and on Aug. 15, in Heipang village, where nine members of one Christian family were killed.
These deaths were followed by the murder of six Christians on Aug. 21 in Kwi, lotion, and Jwol villages, and, on Aug. 14, in the community of Chwelnyap, where two more were killed at the hands of militants.
CAPRO had learned that its entire staff working among the Shuwa Arab, Kotoko, and Kanuri peoples were on a Boko Haram’s list of people to be killed, and decided to evacuate them. Ojunta had returned to teach a class after the evacuation of his family.
Accordingly, Boko Haram leaders intend to establish a theocratic state in Nigeria based on the precepts of Islam and, therefore, view Christianity as antithetical to their interests.